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Tucker Carlson warned that the Democratic Party “can remake the country” if they succeed with plans to do away with the filibuster rule in Congress.
The Fox News host addressed how Democrats continue to push for eliminating the filibuster during “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday, exposing how they seek total control by trying to remove the U.S. Senate procedure put in place by the Founders.
(Source: Fox News)
“For more than two centuries, the U.S. Senate has required the support of at least 60 senators before they pass major pieces of legislation,” Carlson began his monologue on Tuesday.
“That makes for a cumbersome system. It requires compromise and patience. It delays the passage of laws. But it has endured through the centuries, despite the leadership of the body,” he added.
The standard of 60 votes, often referred to as ‘the filibuster rule’ has never changed. We’ve had it since 1806 when Thomas Jefferson was the president,” Carlson continued.
“Why is that? It’s not just because U.S. senators tend to be pompous and mindlessly wedded to tradition, though, obviously they are,” he said. “It’s because this is a democracy. Sober people know that before you make big changes to a country, you had better be certain that a large majority of your citizens support what you’re doing. That’s the principle behind our entire system of government.”
Carlson noted that this long-range vision and thoughts about the lasting consequences of decisions are why a requirement for a supermajority in the Senate has existed for 214 years of America’s history.
“It’s not just an arcane piece of Senate procedure. It’s central to the way the country works,” he told viewers before painting a picture of another potential scenario.
“But what would happen, if suddenly, people with very different attitudes, took control of our system? What if these new people didn’t care about the wisdom or long term consequences of the things they did?” Carlson wondered.
“What if they didn’t believe in democracy? What if they considered debate and persuasion and winning people over, pointless? Even immoral? And instead, they intended to rule by force,” he continued. “What if all these people cared about was power?”
The Fox News host pointed out that these are the people who would “hate the filibuster rule.”
“It would be an obstacle in their path to total control and they would be desperate to eliminate it,” he contended. “They’d never admit that out loud, needless to say. They would never be direct about anything. In fact, they would despise clear, precise English and they would punish anyone who dared to speak it.”
Carlson argued that these are the people who would “lie about everything, boldly and without shame” and “denounce their enemies for the very sins they themselves were committing” in an effort to get what they wanted.
“If they wanted to turn America into a one-party state, for example, a state that they alone control, they wouldn’t say that out loud. They would instead accuse anyone who opposed that goal of partisanship,” and they wouldn’t even smile as they said it,” he added, pointing to an example in a clip of Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
In an argument against the filibuster, the Massachusetts senator and former Democratic presidential candidate pointed to Republicans resorting to “small-minded partisanship.”
And while former Vice President Joe Biden agreed with the filibuster while serving as a senator, he also sided with eliminating the procedure if Republicans obstruct his agenda. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also agreed, saying that “nothing’s off the table.”
Carlson spoke with author Ryan Girdusky about the issue as well, noting that there will be no minority voice without the filibuster.
.@RyanGirdusky on #Tucker (1/2): “Without the filibuster, there is no minority voice, really…If [Democrats] have 53 or 54 senators they wouldn’t need to approach a Kyrsten Sinema or a Joe Manchin either. The moderate Democrats, in their own party, would be ostracized as well.” pic.twitter.com/Y7rR0jTB1f
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) July 22, 2020
Carlson went on in his monologue to argue that Democrats would justify the need to eliminate the rule the same way they have justified “tearing down ancient statues that until last week weren’t even controversial.”
“The filibuster could soon be gone,” Carlson warned again, citing other examples of the current debate on the topic.
“There’s a lot at stake in this conversation. It’s not obscure. It’s real and it’s practical,” he said. “With the last check and balance gone, there will be no limit to the ways the Democratic Party can remake the country in their first few months in power.”
He also predicted that the agenda is obvious, as Democrats will “turn gun owners into criminals” and “let actual criminals go free” while banning criticism and crushing “independent media voices — like this channel.” He went on to list several other examples of issues that Democrats have been pushing, from environmental protections to immigration and to making Washington, D.C. a state.
“You think they won’t do all of that? Why wouldn’t they do all of that?” Carlson asked in conclusion. “Their voters — their core voters — are demanding they do all of that, and with no filibuster, they can because no one can stop them.”
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